Top 38 Best Ancient History Books of All Time To Read 2022

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Below are the best books on Ancient History that we recommended reading:

Sapiens: A Short History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

One hundred thousand decades before, at least six individual species inhabited the ground. Now there’s one. Us. Homo sapiens.

How did our species triumph in the struggle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to make towns and kingdoms? How can we come to think in gods, states, and individual rights; to trust cash, laws, and books; and be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our ancient world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari crosses the whole of human history, in the very first people to walk the ground into the revolutionary and occasionally is devastating discoveries of this Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions.

Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he investigates how the currents of history have formed our societies, the plants, and the creatures around us and our characters.

Have we become more joyful as history has unfolded? Could we free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to affect these centuries ahead?

Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative Sapiens challenges what we thought we understood about becoming human: our thoughts, our activities, our energy… and our potential.

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The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan

The Storm Before the Storm tells the story of the start of the end of the Roman Republic that the narrative of this first generation that needed to manage the hazardous new political environment made possible by Rome’s unrivaled domination across the known ancient world. The tumultuous years ago from 133-80 BCE set the platform for the collapse of the Republic.

The Republic confronted issues like increasing economic inequality, increasing political polarization, the army’s privatization, endemic societal and cultural bias, rampant corruption, and continuing military dilemmas.

Along with the ruthless ambition and unwillingness of both elites to do anything to reform the system in time to rescue it a scenario that attracts many parallels to present day America.

These problems are among the reasons why the Roman Republic will collapse. And as all of us know, people who don’t learn from ancient history are doomed to repeat it.

The Eternal Army: The Terracotta Soldiers of the First Emperor

A vast military of over 7,000 terracotta figurines of soldiers encircles the grave of the first emperor of the Qin dynasty from the Shaanxi province in northwestern China.

These attentive soldiers happen to be on duty for 2,000 decades, but does anybody know what kind of ruler Qin Shi Huang has been? Why did his grave need to be guarded with a mysterious military? Was Qin Shi Huang so power-hungry, he hunted control over the spirit world? Why did he feel compelled to defend himself in another life?

Employing the mausoleum arrangement for a secret, the beautifully illustrated book answers many of the questions that have captivated travelers, archaeologists, and Chinese civilization students because the site was found in 1974.

This great, strong volume investigates the life and times of the man who founded a dynasty that will last into the dawn of the 20th century. It hastens the latest archaeological information with photos taken on-site, especially with this particular book accompanied by universities from archaeologists and specialists in Chinese history and art.

What appears is a profile of one of China’s strongest, legendary figures, along with a new history of perspective of one of Asia’s most breathtaking tourist attractions.


The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by R.G. Grant

The History Book is an intriguing trip through the most important events ever and the big ideas behind everyone, from the dawn of civilization to the lightning-paced civilization of the present day.

One hundred crystal-clear posts research the Law Code of Hammurabi, the Renaissance, the American Revolution, World War II, and much more, bringing the events and individuals of ancient history.

Included in DK’s award-winning Large Thoughts Only Explained string, The History book utilizes infographics and graphics to describe key ideas and topics.

Biographies of important leaders, leaders, and musicians, by Julius Caesar to Barack Obama, provide insight into their own lives and additional historical insight into these ancient world-changing episodes.

The History Book creates the previous 4,000 decades of ancient history available. It provides enlightenment about the forces which shaped the planet as we understand it now, for students and history buffs alike.

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations by John Haywood

This brand new historical atlas richly illustrated with photos, art recreations, and full-color maps investigates the world’s oldest civilizations in Mesopotamia’s earliest settlements of farming, through ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, into the civilizations of the Far East, Europe, and America.

Informatively written, also perfect for both pupils and the general reader, this illustrated book plots the rise and fall of empires, the essence of different societies, and technology growth.


Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others by Anonymous

The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia prospered between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 decades back. The myths gathered here, initially written in cuneiform on clay tablets, comprise parallels with the biblical tales of the Creation and the Flood, along with the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the narrative of a man of great strength, whose epic quest for immortality is hurried through a single moment of weakness.

Recent improvements in Akkadian grammar and lexicography imply this translation-finish with notes, a glossary of deities, place names, essential provisions, and examples of these mythical creatures featured in the text-will replace the other versions.

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland by Bryan Sykes

Among the world’s top geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped tens of thousands find their ancestry from the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts led to a systematic ten-year DNA poll of over 10,000 volunteers tracing the British Isles’ authentic genetic makeup and its descendants.

Taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales into the resting area of The Red Lady of Paviland and King Arthur’s tomb. Genealogy is becoming a favorite pastime of Americans interested in their tradition, which is the best job for anybody interested in locating their legacy in England, Scotland, or Ireland.

The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories

From the 5th century BC, an adventuresome Ionian Greek, Herodotus of Halicarnassus, journeyed widely throughout the eastern Mediterranean lands, from Ancient Egypt to Asia Minor, amassing stories of the upheavals which had affected the area in the earlier part of this century. The fruits of his wanderings were The Histories.

He used his story gifts to chronicle the Achaemenid Persian Empire’s growth and its war with the Greek city-states. He recounted his adventures with the diverse peoples and civilizations he had encountered during his trip.

Herodotus made the nickname the father of ancient history for this, the first authentic job of ancient writing in the Western literary canon. He researched such universal topics as the nature of liberty, the use of faith, the human costs of war, and the hazards of total power.

However, along with his story of this Greek-Persian conflict, he added to The Histories rich pits of anthropology, ethnography, geology, and geography, pioneering research areas.

Successful navigation of the sprawling, monumental job demands a comprehension of ancient events and geography, which will often be unknown to the reader. Ten years in the making, Robert Strassler’s magisterial new variant of these Histories is amplified with a veritable battery of editorial features.

Examples, maps, annotations, self-explanatory synopses, and state-of-the-art appendices on these critical themes as Athenian authorities, Ancient  Egypt, Persian weaponry and strategies, oracles, faith tyranny, and the place of women which makes Herodotus’ masterpiece more understandable, more accessible, more pleasing than ever before.

The Landmark Herodotus is the definitive version of a cultural landmark. It belongs on the bookshelf of every literate individual.

The Celts by Barry Cunliffe

To the ancient Romans, they had been the enemy. To most Britons, they had been savage and mysterious men and women. A combination of mythology and fiction frequently obscures the Celtic peoples’ true history.

Within this short and compelling introduction to the Celts as a lively, ancient individual instead of fairy tales or boogeymen, British archaeologist Barry Cunliffe investigates the actual ancient history and lives of the frequently misunderstood and misrepresented group.


Mexico by Michael D. Coe and Rex Koontz

“The complexities of Mexico’s ancient civilizations are perceptively introduced and translated,” Library Journal claims of the masterly quantity that traces ancient Mexican culture from the ancient Olmec culture throughout the Aztecs.

Adding new findings and insights drawn from across areas, this text contains information gathered from archaeological excavations of several of the first pyramids from Teotihuacan and the Huastec area and a few of the newest discoveries in the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Currently, in its seventh edition, this indispensable guide has been known as the most readable and authoritative introduction to this area’s early civilizations.

Early China: A Social and Cultural History From Li Feng

In the first days of human history into the end of the Han Dynasty in 220 CE, Li Feng, professor of Ancient Greek History and Archaeology at Columbia University, guides readers through the origins of Chinese culture and culture.

In the origins of language into the rise of religions into the changing art of warfare and the empire’s construction, this fully illustrated text draws on the most recent scholarship and archaeological discoveries.

Does Historical China: A Social and Cultural History From Li Feng brings to life the oldest aspects of Chinese history, but it reveals how these ancient events shaped contemporary life in China and worldwide. Available for almost any Western reader, this text is a helpful introduction to a Massive area.

Babylon by Paul Kriwaczek

Many historians place the cradle of early civilization thousands of years ago in the Fertile Crescent, involving the Tigris and Euphrates rivers’ floodplains.

The cities which were assembled here were dwelling to monumental moments ever. In Babylon, the BBC’s Paul Kriwaczek paints a picture of those first days of human history, from the earliest settlements in Mesopotamia into Babylon’s collapse in the sixth century BCE.

Considered the best city of the ancient world, Babylon’s rise and collapse have turned into a metaphor and a fable in today’s day-one, which stays in constant usage. This book scratches apart the fantasy and has, in fact, in the center of the fable and the Core of culture itself.

African Dominion by Michael A. Gomez

This book was honored with the Martin A. Klein Prize in African History because of its upend [ing of] the dominant narratives of empire by moving West Africa into the middle of history.

By combining social and political proof, together with the latest archaeological findings, source texts, and oral histories, Gomez paints a vibrant picture of empire building from ancient West Africa long before the times of colonialism.

This text indicates that notions of ethnicity, race, sex, and class were already in play nicely before colonizers came on Africa’s beaches. Since the American Historical Association says, historians will wrestle with the consequences of the book for a long time to come.

Richard Alston, Soldier, and Society in Roman Egypt provide a comprehensive reassessment of the Roman military’s effects on neighborhood societies and challenges the orthodox picture.

The soldiers have been seen as a less isolated elite living in dread of the regional inhabitants and comparatively well-integrated into nearby communities.

The unsuspected scale of this military’s involvement in these communities provides new insight into the Roman rule in Ancient Egypt and Roman imperialism more generally.


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The Mind of Egypt by Jan Assman

History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs. The Mind of Egypt presents an unparalleled account of Egyptian civilization’s mainsprings the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems, and ambitions.

Drawing on a variety of literary, iconographic, and historical resources, famous historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled sophistication, a civilization which, long before the others, owned an extraordinary amount of consciousness and self-reflection.

Widely known for his cross-disciplinary approach, Assmann has produced a compelling analysis of early culture, even as he’s started new directions in historical evaluation.

Ancient Art and Architecture by Zainab Bahrani, Mesopotamia

This book is the first in ten years, with a thorough survey of architecture and art from Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, northeast Syria, and southeast Turkey), from 8000 B.C.E. into Islam’s coming at 636 C.E… The book is richly illustrated with c. 400 full-color photos, maps, and time graphs that guide readers through this part of the ancient Near East’s chronology and geography.

Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire by Anthony A. Barrett, Agrippina

Agrippina the Younger attained a degree of electricity in the first century Ancient Rome unprecedented for a female. According to historical sources, she achieved her success by glancing at her brother, the emperor Caligula, murdering her husband, the emperor Claudius, and restraining her son, the emperor Nero, by banging him.

Modern scholars are inclined to take this verdict. But in his energetic biography, the first on Agrippina in English-Anthony Barrett paints a startling new image of the powerful woman.

Portraits of Livia by Elizabeth Bartman

Imaging the Imperial Woman in Augustan Rome. Inspired by the book of her function as empress, Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus, devised a visual speech of feminine status and standing that were having a profound effect on Roman art.

Richly illustrated and including descriptive catalog entries of over 110 surviving portraits, in addition to the epigraphic testimony for dozens of pictures now dropped, Bartman’s study introduces exceptional documentation of Livia’s picture during over sixty decades of her public life in Ancient Rome.

SPQR. A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Back in SPQR. A History of Ancient Rome, an immediate classic, Mary Beard examines not how we think of early Rome but challenges the comfy historical perspectives which have existed for centuries.

With its nuanced focus on course, democratic battles, along with the lives of whole groups of individuals omitted in the historical story for decades, SPQR will form our view of Roman history for thousands of years ago.

Black Athena: The Afro-Asiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, vol. 1. by Martin Bernal

In Black Athena, Martin Bernal struggles with Eurocentric approaches by proposing a Revised Ancient Model, which indicates that the history of ancient civilization had deep roots in Afroasiatic cultures.

The Iliad by Homer

Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s classic poem vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction since it moves inexorably into the wrenching, tragic ending of the Trojan War.

Renowned classicist Bernard Knox finds in his excellent introduction that even though the Iliad’s violence is gloomy and persistent, it coexists with the two pictures of civilized life and a poignant longing for peace.

Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of this PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Sciences and Arts, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring epic.

He asserts the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls an astounding performance.

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Into the autobiography of Clau-Clau-Claudius, the pathetic stammerer who had been destined to become Emperor despite himself, Graves packs the ceaseless intrigues, the depravity, the bloody purges, and mounting cruelty of those reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, soon to culminate in the deified insanity of Caligula.

Claudius and its sequel, Claudius the God, are renowned and very gripping ancient history books ever written.


Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault

Alexander the Great died at age thirty-three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from ancient Greece and Egypt to India and a brand new cosmopolitan version for western civilization.

In Alexander’s youth, his rebellious personality was molded to the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other to his son’s devotion, instructing Alexander politics and vengeance in the cradle.

His passion for the childhood Hephaistion, on whom he depended for the rest of his own life, educated him truth trust whilst Aristotle’s tutoring provoked his thoughts, and Homer’s Iliad fuelled his dreams.

He killed his first man in the conflict at age twelve and became the commander of Macedon’s cavalry at eighteen from the time his dad was murdered and he acceded to the throne, Alexander’s abilities had grown to coincide with his fiery ambition.

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer

This is the initial volume in a daring new series that tells peoples’ tales, linking historical events from Europe into the Middle East into the far shore of China while giving weight to each nation’s features.

Susan Wise Bauer provides a wide-raging and vivid focus on the individual lifestyles that provide flesh to abstract assertions about history.

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, by Susan Wise Bauer, “guides readers on a fast-paced yet comprehensive tour of the ancient worlds of Sumer, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Mesopotamia, and Rome,” according to Publishers Weekly.

Dozens of maps provide definite geography of special occasions, while timelines provide the reader with continuous awareness of the passing of decades and ethnic interconnection.

This narrative background applies the ways of ancient history from under literature, epic customs, private letters, and reports to join leaders and sins together with the lifestyles of those they ruled. The result is a fascinating tapestry of individual behavior where we can conclude the management of world events and their causes.


The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

As secretary to Emperor Hadrian, Suetonius obtained access to the imperial archives and used them (together with eye-witness reports) to produce among the most colorful biographical works ever.

The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and personal lives of those men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the empire’s foundation under Julius Caesar and Augustus to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero, and the retrieval which came together with his successors.

A masterpiece of anecdote, hierarchical monitoring, and comprehensive physical description, The Twelve Caesars presents us with a bunch of vividly drawn and all too human people.

Robert Graves’s celebrated translation, sensitively revised by Michael Grant, catches all of Suetonius’s humor and immediacy first.

The Symposium by Plato

A fascinating conversation on gender, sex, and individual instincts, as important now as ever.

In the span of a playful drinking celebration, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchanges perspectives on eros or want. In their dialogue comes a collection of subtle reflections on sex roles, sex in society, and the sublimation of fundamental human instincts.

The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to traditional views by Plato’s mentor, Socrates, that urges transcendence through religious love.

The Symposium is a deft interweaving of various perspectives and thoughts about the essence of romance as a response to beauty, a cosmic power, a reason for social activity, and a way of moral education.

For over seventy decades, Penguin was the leading writer of classic literature from the English-speaking world. With over 1,700 names, Penguin Classics signifies a global bookshelf of their greatest functions throughout history and across fields and genres.

Readers expect that the show will provide authoritative texts improved with introductions and notes with distinguished scholars and modern writers, in addition to up-to-date postings by award-winning translators.

The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather

A top authority on the late Roman Empire and about the barbarians, Heather joins the extraordinary story of how Europe’s barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible degree, finally pulled the empire apart.

He shows how the Huns overturned the current strategic balance of power on Rome’s European frontiers to induce the Goths and other people to find refuge within the empire.

This prompted two generations of battle, through which new barbarian coalitions, formed in reaction to Roman hostility, attracted the Roman west to its knees.

The Goths initially destroyed a Roman army in Adrianople in 378 and proceeded to sack Rome in 410. The Vandals spread devastation in Gaul and Spain before beating North Africa, the western kingdom’s breadbasket, in 439.

Then we meet Attila the Hun, whose reign of terror sailed from Constantinople to Paris, but whose death at 453 ironically uttered a final desperate stage of a Roman meltdown, culminating at the Vandals’ defeat of this huge Byzantine Armada, the west final chancer survival.

Peter Heather convincingly claims that the Roman Empire wasn’t on the edge of ethical or social collapse. What brought it to a conclusion were the barbarians.

The Age of the Parthians V.S. Curtis & S. Stewart

The Parthians are a fascinating but little-known ancient culture. This majestic Mediterranean superpower that lasted for 400 decades and stretched in the Hindu Kush into Mesopotamia withstood Rome’s might for centuries. The Parthians were horse-warriors who left few written documents, focusing instead on a rich oral and storytelling convention.

In this book, distinguished scholars analyze from many different viewpoints. The roots of the Parthians, their heritage, culture, and faith, and perceptions of the empire through the lens of the two imperial Rome and China.

The Greeks and Greek Love by James Davidson

For almost two thousand decades, historians have treated the topic of homosexuality in ancient Greece with apology, humiliation, or blatant denial. Now classics scholar James Davidson delivers a brilliant, unblushing exploration of this fire that permeated Greek culture.

Employing homosexuality for a lens, Davidson sheds fresh light on every Greek civilization element, from religion and politics to war and art.

With magnificent erudition and irresistible humor and without ethical judgment Davidson has written the first significant evaluation of homosexuality in ancient Greece because of the modern gay rights movement’s dawn.

The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Touraj Darayee, Sasanian Persia

Of profound value in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is nearly completely unknown, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. In this vibrant and highly readable new history, Touraj Daryaee fills a massive gap in our understanding of history.

He assesses the Sasanians’ complicated and vibrant story and shows their distinctive significance, not just for the evolution of Iranian culture but also for Roman and Islamic backgrounds.


Beate Dignitas, Rome and Persia at Late Antiquity by Beate Dignitas

Neighbors and Rivals. The basis of the Sasanian Empire in Persia at A.D. 224 established strong new energy on the eastern frontier, and connections of the Roman Empire during the subsequent four decades proved tumultuous.

This book provides a chronological narrative of their connection, supported by a considerable selection of translated resources illustrating structural patterns.

Particular attention is given to Arabia and Armenia’s situation, economic factors, the protection of their frontiers, the spiritual life in both empires, and the channels of communication between East and West.

David N. Edwards, The Nubian Past. An Archaeology of Sudan. This cutting-edge of Nubia and Sudan’s archaeology from prehistory to the nineteenth century A.D. is your first significant work in this region for more than three years.

Drawing on the most recent research results and creating new interpretive frameworks, the region that has produced the most spectacular archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa is analyzed here by a writer with extensive knowledge in this discipline.

Death in Ancient Rome by Catharine Edwards

For the Romans, the way of an individual’s passing was the most telling sign of the true character. Departure in the Roman ancient world was mainly known and often literally regarded as a spectacle. Death revealed the real patriot, the real philosopher, the fantastic artist-and the loyal Christian.

Catharine Edwards attracts the numerous and richly diverse reports of departure in the writings of Roman historians, poets, and philosophers, such as Cicero, Lucretius, Virgil, Seneca, Petronius, Tacitus, Tertullian, and Augustine, to inquire into the intricate significance of perishing in the Roman world.

Claudius the God and His Wife, Messalina by Robert Graves

Robert Graves starts afresh the turbulent life of this Roman, who became emperor regardless of himself. Captures the energy, splendor, and decadence of the Roman ancient world in the stage of its decrease.

The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough

Marius, the people who saved Rome from barbarian invasion and eventually became consul on an unprecedented six occasions within this fantastic drama, has become a decline within this fantastic drama. Sulla, his closest partner, has pulled himself out of his commander’s circle in preparation for his bid for power.

As a mortal enmity grows between the two guys, Rome Empire has to fight its own battle for survival original against her neighboring Italian countries, then contrary to the Asian conqueror. Births, deaths, prophecies, and rivalries unite to make a whirlwind of play, and also a remarkable insight into the fire and torment of early Rome.

Fortune’s Favorites by Colleen McCullough

They have been blessed with the gods at birth with riches and privileges. At a time of cataclysmic upheaval, a daring new generation of Romans vied for greatness involving the disintegrating remnants of the beloved Republic.

However, there was one that towered over them a dazzling and gorgeous boy whose fantasy had been unequaled, whose love has been a legend, and whose glory has been Rome’s. A boy they’d like one day called Caesar.

Caesar’s Women by Colleen McCullough

New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough re-creates a memorable epoch ahead of the mighty Republic belonging to Gaius Julius Caesar if Rome’s noblewomen were his biggest conquest.

His successes were in conflict along with bed chamber alike. Appreciation was a political weapon he wielded cunningly and in his war against enemies at the discussion. Genius, overall, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar has been history. His wives purchased his sway. He forfeited his cherished daughter on the altar of ambition.

He burnt for the cold hearted mistress that he could never dare hope. Caesar’s girls all understood and dreaded his ability. They loved them, used them, destroyed them on his irresistible rise into prominence. And among these would seal his destiny.


Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland

In 49 B.C., the seven hundred years as Rome’s founding, Julius Caesar crossed a little border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into a cataclysmic civil war.

Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s creation, witnesses into this Republic’s twilight, and its damn transformation into an empire.

By Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, below are a few of the most legendary characters ever brought thrillingly to life. By combining verve and freshness with meticulous scholarship, Rubicon isn’t just a fascinating history of the critical era.

However, it is a uniquely resonant portrait of a fantastic culture in all its predecessors of self-sacrifice and competition, decadence and tragedy, intrigue, warfare, and world shaking ambition.

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

The exploration of personality and a reflection about the significance of history, Memoirs of Hadrian, has received global acclaim since its original book in France in 1951.

Inside, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines Emperor Hadrian’s tough boyhood, his triumphs, and reversals, and ultimately, as emperor, his slow reordering of a war torn world.

Composing together with all the creative insight of a fantastic author of the twentieth century, crafting a prose style as elegant and precise as those of their Latin stylists of Hadrian’s very own age.


The October Horse by Colleen McCullough

Together with her famous storytelling gifts in full power, Colleen McCullough provides a stunning book that’s both expansive in scope and vibrant in detail and proves once again why she’s the top rated ancient history book of the time.

In the very last days of the Roman Republic, Gaius Julius Caesar is equally loved and loathed but his principle is unshakable. Inspired by civil warfare to depart his beguiling mistress Cleopatra, Caesar turns his attention to the future: who’s to inherit the Roman power’s throne?

But from the shadows of the empire, the conversation is murder. Among his partners has the cunning and ability to drop the ferocious leader and brave the harmful consequences of the explosive act?

Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the fantastic Roman emperor’s lifetime. Goldsworthy covers not just the fantastic Roman emperor’s achievements as a charismatic orator, beating general, and effective dictator but also lesser known chapters through which he had been the high priest of the exotic cult, captive of pirates. Seducer not just of Cleopatra but also of those wives of both principal political rivals and rebels condemned by his nation.

Finally, Goldsworthy comprehends the entire sophistication of Caesar’s personality and reveals why his military and political direction continues to resonate a couple of million decades later.

From the introduction to his biography of the excellent Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, Caesar was sometimes several matters, such as a fugitive, captive, climbing politician, military leader, legal advocate, rebel, a dictator… as a husband, father, lover and adulterer.

Within this landmark biography, Goldsworthy assesses Caesar as a military pioneer, each one of these functions, and puts his topic firmly within the context of the Roman culture in the century B.C.


Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

The power and riches which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. – A.D. 65) obtained as Nero’s minister have been in a battle with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless, he was the most outstanding figure of the era.

The Stoic doctrine that Seneca professed in his writings, later endorsed by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge into Christianity. Seneca’s important contribution to Stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a method that could seem cold and unrealistic.

Selected in the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, these letters demonstrate that the vertical ideals admired by the Stoics and extol a great way of life, as seen in their perspective.

They show just how far ahead of time of his time had been lots of Seneca’s thoughts his disgust in the displays in the stadium, along with his criticism of their cruel treatment of slaves.

Philosophical in tone and composed in the pointed’ design of this Latin Silver Age, these essays in disguise’ were certainly aimed by Seneca in posterity.

The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden

With his acclaimed Emperor ancient history books, author Conn Iggulden brings a dazzling world to life the rich, complex world of ancient Rome, as seen through the eyes of one extraordinary man: Julius Caesar. Now, Iggulden returns to the story of Julius Caesar, and a realm stretches from the sands of North Africa to the coast of Britain.

Against this magnificent backdrop, Caesar, his first victories under his belt and a series of important alliances in place, makes his move toward power and glory and controls his most famous legions on one of history’s bloodiest and most daring military campaigns.

It’s the core of the first century B.C. For Julius Caesar, the time has begun to go into the governmental battleground, now Rome. Having proved his courage from the slaves’ revolt, Caesar is augmented by the vision and love of a beautiful older woman, and from the sword of his faithful friend, Marcus Brutus.

When he’s appointed to a different position of power, Caesar manages to do what none of the other fantastic figures of his period could: catch the hearts of the Roman people. Crushing a rebellion, bringing order to the teeming town, Caesar subsequently makes the movement that will alter history.

He leaves Rome to the foothills of the Alps. With an army created in his image, he starts a daring charge through Gaul, across the English Channel, and the wilds of tribal Britain.

In a series of explosive clashes, the legend of Julius Caesar is going to be forged. And while Caesar and Brutus pit their own lives  and those of the men against the armies of the wilderness, their political adversaries at Rome develop at more fearful and more powerful.

So as soon as the fighting in the dominion’s border is finished, the best threat to Julius Caesar will wait for him on the Tiber with, a guy who desires Rome himself.

In the clash of armies into the warmth of a woman’s attraction, by the thunder of battle to the orgies of enjoyment and loot accompanying a warrior’s aftermath, Emperor: The Field of Swords captures in riveting detail that an ancient world being shaped by a brilliant culture.

And in this outstanding book, Rome’s fate has been pushed by the ambitions of one man. A guy is having an unparalleled genius for electricity.

Adrian Goldsworthy, Antony, Cleopatra. A masterfully told and profoundly human narrative of love, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy’s Antony and Cleopatra provides a persuasive reassessment of a significant episode in early history.

Within this remarkable double biography of both great lovers of this primeval universe, Goldsworthy goes beyond fantasy and loves to make a nuanced and acute portrayal of his topics, set against the political background of the time.

A history of lifestyles lived intensely when the world was changing profoundly. The book takes readers on a journey that spans cultures and bounds in the history of ancient Greece and ancient Egypt into the Roman Empire.

Women in Ancient Greece by Susan Blundell

The last one we want to introduce in the ancient history books is Women in Ancient Greece by Susan Blundell. Reading the history of ancient Greece as recorded for millennia is to enter an ancient world dominated by men.

This book fills in the gaps in our understanding of ancient Greek society by providing a thorough history of women in the Archaic and Classical periods.


Ancient History

Other Best Books About The Ancient World Considered:

  • The Lost History of Ancient America by Frank Joseph
  • A History of Ancient Egypt Volume 2 by John Romer
  • Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars by Captivating History
  • Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West by Tom Holland
  • Politics in the Roman Republic by Henrik Mouritsen
  • Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman
  • The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome by Douglas Boin
  • Forgotten Empire. The World of Ancient Persia by John Curtis & Nigel Tallis
  • The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard
  • The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic by Robert L. O’Connell
  • Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar (Kindle Edition) by Tom Holland
  • Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves. Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah Pomeroy
  • A History of Ancient Egypt by Marc Van De Mieroop
  • The Colosseum by Keith Hopkins & Mary Beard
  • How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • The Conquest of Gaul by Gaius Julius Caesar
  • Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire by James Romm
  • In Search of Zarathustra. Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet by Paul Kriwaczek
  • In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles
  • Ancient China: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
  • A History of the Ancient Near East by Marc Van De Mieroop
  • Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
  • Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • Ancient History: History of the Ancient World: Ancient Civilizations, and Ancient Empires. History that Defined our World by Robert Dean
  • Pax Romana by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age by Peter Green
  • Alexander the Great. Man and God by Ian Worthington
  • Ancient History: A Concise Overview of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome: Including the Egyptian Mythology, the Byzantine Empire, and the Roman Republic by Eric Brown
  • Image of the Black in Western Art, Vol. 1. From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the Roman Empire by David Bindman & Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Why is ancient history important


Why is ancient history important?

The origins, customs, and practices practiced now are thoroughly explored in ancient history. Our current western philosophy, morals, and ethics are all profoundly founded on ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval Christian ideas. Even the way we think has its roots in remote antiquity.

What is the difference between prehistory and ancient history?

History may be broadly characterized as studying the past and how it pertains to contemporary life. History is the collection of previous events that have been documented, while prehistory is the period before writing was invented. This is the primary distinction between history and prehistory.

How were ancient times different from modern times?

The life expectancy in the prehistoric era was much lower than in current culture. Contrary to contemporary humans, who find it challenging to comprehend living without modern technical advancements like electricity, ancient man was more motivated by the realities of nature.


There is a wealth of literature available on the subject of ancient history. The above list represents a small sampling of the best books about the ancient world available to readers today. By delving into the stories and civilizations of the past, we can gain a better understanding of the present.

Whether one is interested in the rise and fall of great empires, the lives of famous historical figures, or the origins of humankind, there is a book on ancient history sure to satisfy.

Thank you for reading!

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